NPC to lead loneliness projects evaluation

A consortium of organisations headed by New Philanthropy Capital will look at how success stories from Building Connections Fund projects can be mirrored nationwide.

Joe Lepper | 3rd Jan 19
Image shows a person on the street representing social isolation.

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has been appointed to head up evaluation and learning around a government-backed £11.5m fund to tackle loneliness.

The Building Connections Fund is bankrolled by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation and is backing 126 projects seeking to combat social isolation.

This involves a number of initiatives that will use social media and digital tools to support groups of vulnerable people at risk of loneliness.

Charity think tank and consultancy NPC has announced that it is to lead a partnership of organisations to undertake evaluation and ensure charities, businesses and public sector organisations can learn from the projects being funded.

Involved in the partnership are the Centre for Youth Impact, the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, Brunel University London, and Bryson Purdon Social Research.

“This is a really exciting opportunity. Focusing on learning and impact alongside programme delivery will create an evidence base that will benefit the sector well beyond the Building Connections Fund,” said Anne Kazimirski, Head of Measurement and Evaluation at NPC.

“It will build the capacity of organisations in this space to understand their impact and improve their services.”

Evaluation is to be shared through events, publications and blogs by NPC and its partners.

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